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Feb 7, 2019 12:04:43   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
I ran across the following in a local community newspaper.

'Coffee lovers may soon have their coffee beans cooked in space.'

By Larry Smith, Retired Astronomy Ranger, National Park Service.

There's gourmet coffee, and then there's coffee roasted by the searing heat of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere from the edge of space. The latter is the goal of the company Space Roasters, whose plan calls for a special bean-roasting capsule to fall from about 110-125 miles from space.

Many manufacturing processes in space can take advantage of microgravity to keep material evenly mixed and avoid the effects at the edges of containers, and Coffee Roaster's plan is to make use of that situation to evenly roast their beans by distributing the heat from re-entry---caused by friction between the fast-moving capsule and particles in Earth's atmosphere---among four gas-and-bean-filled chambers.

Their goal is to space-roast coffee beans by 2020 and serve them first in Dubai before expanding internationally. With the cost of design, development and the capsule itself, the per-cup cost after the beans are recovered from land or sea could reach $500! Maybe that's why they are starting in the richest nation in the world.

P.S. I hope Loki is able to read this, as I suspect he will be first in line upon availability. Maybe he would even pay for my cup of out-of-this-world java.

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Feb 7, 2019 12:44:22   #
badbobby (a regular here)
 
slatten49 wrote:
I ran across the following in a local community newspaper.

'Coffee lovers may soon have their coffee beans cooked in space.'

By Larry Smith, Retired Astronomy Ranger, National Park Service.

There's gourmet coffee, and then there's coffee roasted by the searing heat of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere from the edge of space. The latter is the goal of the company Space Roasters, whose plan calls for a special bean-roasting capsule to fall from about 110-125 miles from space.

Many manufacturing processes in space can take advantage of microgravity to keep material evenly mixed and avoid the effects at the edges of containers, and Coffee Roaster's plan is to make use of that situation to evenly roast their beans by distributing the heat from re-entry---caused by friction between the fast-moving capsule and particles in Earth's atmosphere---among four gas-and-bean-filled chambers.

Their goal is to space-roast coffee beans by 2020 and serve them first in Dubai before expanding internationally. With the cost of design, development and the capsule itself, the per-cup cost after the beans are recovered from land or sea could reach $500! Maybe that's why they are starting in the richest nation in the world.

P.S. I hope Loki is able to read this, as I suspect he will be first in line upon availability. Maybe he would even pay for my cup of out-of-this-world java.
I ran across the following in a local community ne... (show quote)


500 dollars for a cuppa coffee?
I don't think so Tim


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Feb 7, 2019 12:51:04   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
badbobby wrote:
500 dollars for a cuppa coffee?
I don't think so Tim


Why not, BB, if you or Loki are buying

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Feb 7, 2019 13:08:11   #
badbobby (a regular here)
 
slatten49 wrote:
Why not, BB, if you or Loki are buying


I wonder if they would take all your IOUs in place of the money
naw I know better
BTW
if Loki wants to
that's ok with me
I'd let him buy me a cup

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Feb 7, 2019 13:15:26   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
badbobby wrote:
I wonder if they would take all your IOUs in place of the money
naw I know better
BTW
if Loki wants to
that's ok with me
I'd let him buy me a cup

You're quite the guy, BB. But, a word of warning: Loki is not likely to spend $500 on a cup of coffee even for himself. However, I'm sure he would cheerfully accept your buying for all three of us.

So would I.

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Feb 7, 2019 13:33:08   #
pafret
 
slatten49 wrote:
You're quite the guy, BB. But, a word of warning: Loki is not likely to spend $500 on a cup of coffee even for himself. However, I'm sure he would cheerfully accept your buying for all three of us.

So would I.


I don't want any space roasted beans coffee, thanks. Doesn't matter who buys, there are some limits on how much stupidity I would support and this goes beyond the pale. Put it in the same box with the Civet cat pooper scooper coffee.

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Feb 7, 2019 13:33:45   #
badbobby (a regular here)
 
slatten49 wrote:
You're quite the guy, BB. But, a word of warning: Loki is not likely to spend $500 on a cup of coffee even for himself. However, I'm sure he would cheerfully accept your buying for all three of us.

So would I.


so now
you're admitting to be a free loader
among other things


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Feb 7, 2019 13:36:07   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
badbobby wrote:
so now
you're admitting to be a free loader
among other things


Not at all, BB. Look at it as being a gracious recipient of one's generosity towards another.

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Feb 7, 2019 13:38:13   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
pafret wrote:
I don't want any space roasted beans coffee, thanks. Doesn't matter who buys, there are some limits on how much stupidity I would support and this goes beyond the pale. Put it in the same box with the Civet cat pooper scooper coffee.

I avoid Starbucks because I understood them to charge about that much for their offerings.

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Feb 7, 2019 13:51:13   #
pafret
 
slatten49 wrote:
I avoid Starbucks because I understood them to charge about that much for their offerings.



I avoid Starbucks for two reasons, their coffee is the foulest tasting glop I have ever had and their prices are ridiculously high.

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Feb 7, 2019 15:59:38   #
lpnmajor (a regular here)
 
slatten49 wrote:
I ran across the following in a local community newspaper.

'Coffee lovers may soon have their coffee beans cooked in space.'

By Larry Smith, Retired Astronomy Ranger, National Park Service.

There's gourmet coffee, and then there's coffee roasted by the searing heat of re-entry into Earth's atmosphere from the edge of space. The latter is the goal of the company Space Roasters, whose plan calls for a special bean-roasting capsule to fall from about 110-125 miles from space.

Many manufacturing processes in space can take advantage of microgravity to keep material evenly mixed and avoid the effects at the edges of containers, and Coffee Roaster's plan is to make use of that situation to evenly roast their beans by distributing the heat from re-entry---caused by friction between the fast-moving capsule and particles in Earth's atmosphere---among four gas-and-bean-filled chambers.

Their goal is to space-roast coffee beans by 2020 and serve them first in Dubai before expanding internationally. With the cost of design, development and the capsule itself, the per-cup cost after the beans are recovered from land or sea could reach $500! Maybe that's why they are starting in the richest nation in the world.

P.S. I hope Loki is able to read this, as I suspect he will be first in line upon availability. Maybe he would even pay for my cup of out-of-this-world java.
I ran across the following in a local community ne... (show quote)


I'll buy some! Gravity doesn't work on my first cup of coffee............half of it finds it's way out of the cup before I get that first sip.

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Feb 7, 2019 17:22:17   #
badbobby (a regular here)
 
lpnmajor wrote:
I'll buy some! Gravity doesn't work on my first cup of coffee............half of it finds it's way out of the cup before I get that first sip.


let us know if it's worth 500 bucks

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Feb 7, 2019 17:31:39   #
slatten49 (a regular here)
 
lpnmajor wrote:
I'll buy some! Gravity doesn't work on my first cup of coffee............half of it finds it's way out of the cup before I get that first sip.

Great, Doc Next time we sit across the table from one another...coffee's on you.

Some of that out-of-this-world-coffee, that is.

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Feb 7, 2019 18:05:13   #
bahmer (a regular here)
 
badbobby wrote:
500 dollars for a cuppa coffee?
I don't think so Tim



I will go for traditional roast and forgo the reentry roast for the time being.

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Feb 7, 2019 19:35:11   #
lpnmajor (a regular here)
 
slatten49 wrote:
Great, Doc Next time we sit across the table from one another...coffee's on you.

Some of that out-of-this-world-coffee, that is.


Right! When it floats by, we'll just stick our face's in the way and gulp.

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